‘Friday the 13th’ actress Betsy Palmer dies at 88

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Betsy Palmer, the veteran character actress who obtained lasting — if not necessarily sought-after — fame as the murderous camp cook in “Friday the 13th,” has died. She was 88.

Palmer’s longtime manager, Brad Lemack, told The Associated Press on Sunday that Palmer died Friday in a Connecticut hospice care center.

Palmer had appeared in films and TV shows for decades, several of them classics, before she took the role of Mrs. Voorhees in the cheesy 1980 horror film.

She would say afterward that she accepted the role mainly because she wanted the money to buy a new car.

Other credits included roles in such Golden Age of Television shows as “Kraft Theatre” and “Playhouse 90,” as well as the Henry Fonda film “Mr. Roberts.”


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